Photo Credit: Eben Sypitowski

Plants of Baxter State Park Field Guide Released

Botanist Glen Mittelhauser and Baxter State Park Naturalist Jean Hoekwater hold a copy of The Plants of Baxter State Park field guide published by the University of Maine Press. Photo by John Gordon.

[August 16, 2016]

On August 23, the University of Maine Press will publish The Plants of Baxter State Park field guide in association with the Maine Natural History Observatory, Friends of Baxter State Park, and Baxter State Park. Four years in the making, this guide represents an incredible conservation tool for Baxter State Park, and a new way for visitors and staff to understand the Park’s biodiversity and wilderness landscapes.

At 6 inches by 9 inches in size, the field guide will fit easily in a backpack. It includes all 857 species found in Baxter State Park, with a complete description of each species and over 2,000 color photographs. The guide also includes excellent flower and leaf keys developed by Glen Mittelhauser. These keys help to narrow down the choices quickly when you are confronted with an unknown species. The guide is grouped alphabetically by family, with separate sections for ferns, trees and shrubs, and grasses, sedges, and rushes. It also includes information on the abundance of each species in the Park, and useful notes on conservation status and similar species.

The field guide will be available for purchase at bookstores and many other locations around Maine. If you don’t see the guide at your local bookstore, please ask them to stock it! Copies may also be purchased online through the University of Maine Press, the Maine Natural History Observatory, or on our website at All royalties from sale of the field guide will support Friends of Baxter State Park.

Friends is hosting book release parties in August at three different locations around Maine. All are welcome at these events, and we especially encourage volunteers and donors who supported the project to attend. You can buy a copy of the field guide, have it autographed by lead author Glen Mittelhauser, and meet one or more of the other authors. Light refreshments will be provided. Here are details for the celebrations:

Orono: Tuesday, August 23 @ 7:00pm, University Club at UMaine’s Fogler Library, 5729 Library Circle, Orono, ME

Brunswick: Wednesday, August 24 @ 7:00pm, Gulf of Maine Books, 134 Maine St, Brunswick

Millinocket: Tuesday, August 30 @ 7:00pm, Millinocket Memorial Library, 5 Maine Ave, Millinocket

Friends would like to thank Glen Mittelhauser for his exceptional leadership on this project, both as lead author for the field guide and as lead scientist for the four-year research effort. We also deeply appreciate the leadership and expertise provided by Alison Dibble of Stewards LLC, Don Cameron of the Maine Natural Areas Program, and the many other professional botanists who assisted with the project. Friends would also like to thank the 66 volunteers who devoted time and expertise to the project, the 113 donors who contributed to our crowdfunding campaign for the field guide, more than a dozen foundations that provided generous grant support, and the countless other individuals and organizations who helped in ways both large and small.